Border patrol finds 33 migrants ‘on the verge of perishing’ in freight truck
U.S. Border Patrol agents may have prevented a tragedy after finding 33 undocumented migrants inside a stuffy freight truck in Van Horn, Texas.
Migrants were “on the verge of death from excessive heat and lack of fresh air” inside the cargo space of a U-Haul box truck, a border patrol statement said. . Van Horn is approximately 120 miles east of El Paso.
The smuggling attempt was discovered around 10 p.m. on June 10 by officers checking for suspicious activity near the McDonald’s restaurant in Van Horn, officials said.
Border patrol noted it was nearly 100 degrees outside when the migrants were found locked in the freight truck.
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Emergency medical technicians from the border patrol’s special operations group treated the migrants for dehydration and heat-related illnesses, officials said. Twelve migrants were taken to hospitals in West Texas for treatment. The migrants were detained after recovering.
“If our heroic agents had not been able to free these trapped undocumented migrants, we could have seen 33 miserable deaths in this event,” said Big Bend Area Border Patrol Leader Sean L. McGoffin, in a press release. “Smugglers don’t care what kind of misery they put people through when they take their money. ”
Details of the smuggling-related arrests in connection with the incident were not disclosed. US Immigration and Custom Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations is handling the case.
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